Refilling Co2 tanks with Air Compressors is not as difficult as it sounds or as it may appear. An air compressor is an incredibly useful and versatile piece of equipment able to assist in many different ways at home or in a certain workplace. One of the most helpful things that an air compressor can do is fill a Co2 tank, though this is often overlooked.
Refilling a Co2 Tank
If you are someone who requires the use of a Co2 tank, you will know how much of an inconvenience it is to have to take it backward and forwards from a suitable place to have it topped up. The amount of time that takes and the amount of money it costs you to do that soon stack up, but if you have access to an air compressor, this does not need to be the case any longer.
Not only will refilling your Co2 tank using an air compressor save you time and money, but it is also so much more convenient and will allow you to use your Co2 without worrying about it running out of air. Using an air compressor to refill a Co2 is sadly underutilized, so Best of Machinery want to share with you their easy step process so that you know how to do so safely, saving you time and money.
Use your Brain and Remember to Drain
To complete the first step of this simple process, you must first make sure that you have the correct compressed air fitting which attaches safely and securely to your air compressor hose. Attach one end of the Co2 fitting to the air compressor hose, and the other end needs to be screwed tightly to the Co2 tank. Unscrew the bleed-off valve situation at the top of the fitting so that any air left in the tank can be removed.
This will also enable you to have more control and better accuracy when you fill the Co2 tank up. Having drained any air remaining from previous use, you are now ready to refill the Co2 tank with new air from your air compressor. Remembering to close the bleed-off valve before the compressor is turned on otherwise all of the air will escape.
Time to Refill Co2 Tank with Air Compressor
The first thing you need to work out to undertake this step is what the size of your Co2 tank is. Once you have done this, times it by two. The number you get is the length of time the compressor needs to run for. When we say this, we mean that a tank that is 12 ounces would need 24 seconds worth of air. Find a way of counting seconds accurately, whether you have a watch with a seconds hand or you can use the timer on a smartphone.
Turn on the compressor and start counting the seconds immediately. This is the most important part of the process as there is verging on being absolutely no room for error in the counting and filling. If you do not keep an eye on the time, count incorrectly or overfill the tank through lack of accuracy you will damage the tank, the compressor and even yourself. The overfilling of a Co2 is very dangerous – please be conscious of this!
Having used the air compressor for the correctly calculated amount of time, it is time to turn off the compressor. To do this, you need to open the valve for just a couple of seconds so that the lines are cleared out and so that any obstructions or build up can be avoided or dislodged. When you have done this, you are then safe to separate the air compressor hose from the tank by unscrewing them.
There you have it. A job that once took up a lot of your time, energy and cash, is now something you can do at home for pretty much free once you have the correct kit. You can use your Co2 tank so much more without having to worry about it running out or having to think about how to get it to the shop to get it refilled. This no longer has to be another financial pressure in your life either.
Requiring an Air Compressor
The personal owing of air compressors is a lot more common than you would think. If you require an air compressor to refill a Co2 but do not have an air compressor of your own, it is definitely worth asking around. They aren’t generally things we talk about owning, but they are in many households, schools, and workplaces now. Many people do not get enough use out of their air compressor and would gladly offer its services to other people should they require its use so do not be afraid of asking.
All you have to do is make sure that you have the right fittings for the right tank and you are on your way to being able to refill your Co2 tank with an air compressor yourself.
Air Compressor Safety Points
• Never operate an air compressor under the influence of alcohol, medication or drugs.
• Always be careful around air compressor and Co2 tanks.
• Be sure not to drop a Co2 tank.
• Punctures to a Co2 tank or air compressor can be highly dangerous.
• Remove all flammable materials from the presence of air compressors or Co2 tanks to prevent fire or explosion.